Spring is here.

Beautiful things are blooming around here. Our first spring in North Carolina and on this farm is bringing beautiful flowering surprises around our property. It’s delightful to see what colors are popping out from where. Since our family sent pictures from our property in April of last year, we know to anticipate the culmination of the spring blooming in the azalea bushes that are lining the entire driveway and yard. Spring is definitely bringing about a freshness in my spirit. I feel like I’m stepping out of a winter fog and truly into a new season of life. It’s exciting.

We also have 200 new layer chicks, and our teen-age Cornish-Cross meat chickens just transitioned from the brooder out to their pen in the pasture, to be moved daily to fresh grass. It’s amazing how fast these birds grow–they should be ready to eat in 2 weeks or so!! Our next batch of meat chicks will be here tomorrow! There are chickens all over the place! These meat birds will be Freedom Rangers–the same we raised with our first batch.

The seeds Graham started for our garden are starting to sprout, and he’s got the garden space tilled up. We still have a lot of clean-up work to do on the soil before we can put plants and seeds in the ground. Hopefully we’ll get some dryer weather soon to allow us to get that done. For right now, Graham is hard at work updating brooder #1 for tomorrow’s chick arrival!


A New Season

It’s official!  The Roaches are embarking on a new adventure. We are ready to become farmers.  We’re planning to jump into spring planting season at our place in North Carolina in a few weeks! Yes, we are moving!  So many things have lined up for us in the past year to make it clear that this is very much the right next step for us to take. We can’t wait to get started raising healthy, fresh food in our own back yard!

Cheers to a new season of learning how to grow things! …  To friends new and old, and to life and the adventures it brings!

Goat Farm

Yesterday we visited Swede Farm. We really appreciate the tour of their family goat farm and dairy operation.

Ephraim’s buddy got to hold a one-day-old baby goat, and we got to bring home some delicious fresh milk and yogurt.  We also saw some turkeys, chickens, alpacas, and dogs. Thanks to the sweet Carlson family for hosting our visit and providing us with great products!  We will be buying more good stuff from these guys at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market.